Behavior Nerds Unite! If you are interested in learning more about behavior and/or upping your behavior game, this is an episode you can’t miss! This week we welcome VTS’s in behavior Jessica Benoit and Kristen Klebba to discuss bringing behavior services into your vet practice.
We discuss benefits and examples of behavior services while sharing experiences starting and implementing them to general practice. All 3 of us share tips we've learned along the way while chatting about individual paths to our VTS's in behavior.
Kristen Klebba RVT, VTS (behavior), KPA-CTP
Kristen graduated from Macomb Community College with an associate’s degree in veterinary technology in 2006. After graduation while working at a small animal practice she adopted a Jack Russell Terrier named Daphne who suffered from anxiety, sparking her passion for behavioral medicine. Kristen completed the Karen Pryor Academy Professional Dog Training program in April 2015 and joined the behavior team at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services in November 2015 where she furthered her knowledge of animal behavior and achieved her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Behavior in 2020.
Kristen recently made the switch back to general practice where she is looking forward to spreading more behavior knowledge by educating pet parents on proper puppy/kitten socialization and development, improving low stress handling techniques for veterinary staff and teaching cooperative care techniques for veterinary procedures.
Jessica Benoit RVT, VTS (behavior), KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA
Jessica graduated from the NAIT Animal Health Technology program in 2010. She is a Registered Veterinary Technologist and the co-owner of Companion Veterinary Clinic, a Fear Free Certified Practice in Alberta, Canada. She is a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Behaviour, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner. Jessica is also a Fear Free Certified veterinary professional, trainer, and speaker.
Jessica enjoys educating and sharing her knowledge through speaking engagements which include Doggone Safe presentations for children, guest lecturing for post-secondary institutions, providing client education seminars as well as continuing education events for veterinary professionals. In addition, she provides mentorship for veterinary technologists and trainers interested in animal behavior.
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